Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country & Other Stories

Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country & Other Stories

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Capturing the lyricism of lives without a future in southern Illinois, southern Indiana, and New York City, Things to Do When You're Goth in the Countryintroduces us to Chavisa Woods's people. They are smart and poor, lost and hoping not to be found, and of high hopes but few if any expectations--inhabitants, mostly young, of a hidden country without a name that exists within America. The eight stories inThings to Do When You're Goth in the Country bring the underbelly of America into vivid focus. The strange and unique characters in this collection include a "zombie" who secretly resides in a local cemetery; a queer teen goth who is facing ostracism from her small-town, evangelical church; a Brooklyn artist who learns more about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict than he ever wanted to; and the UFOs that trouble a group of friends in the rural Midwest. And the big sis who leaves New York City once a year to go home to see her "little little" and "big little" brothers and bear witness to the injuries from stripping copper wire from abandoned houses, and the smell of the meth lab in the woods nearby, and the sounds of the police scanner radio, and the early deaths that happen for a whole host of reasons.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781609807450
Characteristics: 221 pages ; 22 cm


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KateHillier Sep 28, 2017

I really enjoyed these stories. They don't go the way you think and they are just dripping with sarcasm. The premises are really good too - two girls making friends with some lady who lives in a cemetery? A lesbian couple who end up on acid trips at a Mensa meeting? It's all fabulous. Definitely worth a look if you're into something a little off beat.

LPL_KateG Jun 13, 2017

Realistic-yet-surreal short stories from a contemporary LGBTQ author. Imagery from rural Midwestern America plays a huge part in this collection, as well as themes of class, sexuality, religion, and feeling like an outsider. Chavisa Woods has a hilarious and gritty voice, and I look forward to seeing what else comes from her bizarre brain. Here's an excerpt of one of her stories, "A New Mohawk" -


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